Simple Winter Water-Saving Tips

Posted Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Think about water. It's yours for the taking, 24 hours a day. All you have to do is turn on a faucet. But where does it come from?

The water you use doesn't appear magically. It's carefully processed to be clean, safe and piped directly to your home, a valuable resource that shouldn't be wasted.

Conserving water benefits you and all those around you. Besides, you're paying for every drop, whether it's used or wasted. So conservation can benefit your pocketbook, too.

Here are five simple water-saving tips you can do this winter:

1. Winter is the perfect time for making plans to add or modify your landscape to use less water. Consider low-water gardens that attract wildlife, such as butterflies or birds. Or work around themes such as fragrance, edible, ornamental or native plants.

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2. Check indoor fixtures for leaks and fix right away. A small leak left unattended can account for hundreds of gallons of good, clean water lost.

3. Consider replacing an existing toilet with an ultra high-efficiency model, which uses 1.28 gallons per flush or less.

4. Install a low-flow showerhead. Having a high efficiency showerhead is a very practical way to reduce water consumption during bathing. It not only reduces your water bill, it reduces your sewer and energy bills as well.

5. Insulate your water heater and water pipes. Doing so will save energy and also will cut down on the amount of water that goes down the drain while waiting for hot water to flow.